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Link to Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Catia_Cannilla

Education Qualifications and Specializations:

PhD in “Chemical Technologies and Innovative Processes”

PhD School in “Chemical Sciences and Technology” XXII cycle

University of Messina, Italy, 2010

Degree in Chemistry

University of Messina, Italy, 2006

BA Degree in Chemistry

University of Messina, Italy, 2004

Current Education Qualification: Fixed-term contract Reseacher

Scientific Activity: Mrs. Cannilla carries out the research activity mainly concerning the field of heterogeneous catalysis with a chief objective aiming at developing catalytic systems for the preparation of synthetic fuels and cleaner alternative fuel (biodiesel, oxygenated glycerol additives, methanol and dimethylether). The activity is oriented to the preparation of catalysts, the chemical and physical characterisation, and the evaluation of catalytic behaviour in order to identify the correlation between the structure and the reactivity. The study of “smartmaterials” led to the development of electroreological materials that can be applied in different fields relating to mechanics and robotics. Mrs. Cannillaha gained a good level of experience in managing experimental systems and plants and carrying out the practical application of many chemical and physical characterisation techniques. An activity of particular relevance is the use of temperature-programmed techniques for investigation aiming at studying the interactions of probes molecules with metal-supported catalysts and metal oxides, as well as analytical, morphological, and structural characterisation techniques such as chromatography (GC-FID, GC-MS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), surface infrared spectroscopy, “in situ” and “in operando” (while it is taking place) (IR e DRIFT), electron microscopy (SEM-EDXe TEM), thermoanalytical techniques (TG-DSC).

Recent Publications:

  1. DME production by CO2 hydrogenation:key factors affecting the behavior of CuZnZr/ferrierite catalysts.       G.Bonura, C.Cannilla, L.Frusteri, A.Mezzapica, F.Frusteri, Catalysis Today, 2017, 281, 337-344
  1. Efficient catalytic conversion of ethanol to 1-butanol via the Guerbet reaction over copper and nickel doped porous metal oxides. Sun, A Couto Vasconcelos, G. Bottari, MCA Stuart, G. Bonura, C. Cannilla, F. Frusteri, K. Barta, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, in press
  1. Carbon microspheres preparation, graphitization and surface functionalization of glycerol etherification.
  1. Frusteri, C. Cannilla, G. Bonura, A.L. Chuvilin, S. Perathoner, G. Centi, F. Frusteri, Catalysis Today, 2016, 277, 68-77
  2. Catalytic features of CuZnZr-zeolite hybrid systems for the direct CO2-to-DME hydrogenation reaction.Bonura, F. Frusteri, C. Cannilla, G.D. Ferrante, A. Aloise, E. Catizzone, M Migliori, G Giordano, Catalysis Today, 2016, 277, 48-54
  3. A one-step synthesis of C6 sugar alcohols from levoglucosan and disaccharides using a Ru/CMK-3 catalyst. Yin, Z. Tang, R.H.Venderbosch, Z. Zhang, C.Cannilla, G.Bonura, ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6 (7), 4411-4422
  1. Hydrogen production by glycerol steam reforming: how Mn doping affects the catalytic behavior of Ni/Al2O3  M.L.Dieuzeide, M.Laborde, N. Amadeo, C.Cannilla, G.Bonura, F.Frusteri, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41 (1), 157-166
  1. Batch reactor coupled with water permselective membrane: study of glycerol etherification reaction with butanol. Cannilla, G. Bonura, L.Frusteri, F.Frusteri, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 282, 187-193
  2. Stepwise tuning of metal-oxide and acid sites of CnZnZr-MFI hybrid catalysts for the direct DME synthesis by CO2, Frusteri, G. Bonura, C. Cannilla, G.D. Ferrante, A. Aloise, E. Catizzone, M. Migliori, G. Giordano,       Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2015,176, 522-531
  3. Nanostructured MnOx catalysts in the liquid phase selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol with oxygen: Part II. Reaction mechanism, kinetics and deactivation pattern. Arena, B. Gumina, C. Cannilla, L.Spadaro, A. Patti, L. Spiccia, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2015,170, 233-240
  4. Multifunctionality of Cu-ZnO-ZrO2/H-ZSM5 catalysts for the one-step CO2-to-DME hydrogenation reaction,  F Frusteri, M Cordaro, C Cannilla, G Bonura, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2015,162, 57-65

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Researcher
  • Telephone number: Uff.: 090-624238. Lab: 090-624218
  • E-mail address: cannilla@itae.cnr.it